2011 March 28

Archive for March 28th, 2011 28 Mar 2011 A Taste of History: Toronto’s Craft Breweries 1 Comment News, Words It may surprise you to know that in the mid-19th century, every town in Ontario had a brewery and a tavern or two. During the 18th century, British soldiers in Canada were entitled to six pints…

2011 March 25

Archive for March 25th, 2011 25 Mar 2011 Children, War, and The Forgotten Ground of Healing No Comments Words This essay deals with ways to focus on the strengths and gifts of communities, and especially children, in war and other adversity. It comes out of the many years that I worked in the field of…

2011 March

Archive for March, 2011 25 Mar 2011 Chambers: Tracks and Gestures (Excerpt) No Comments Film Here is a clip from an award winning film I produced in 1981-82:  a biography of the Canadian painter Jack Chambers.  I worked with director/cinematographer John Walker and Altantis Films.   “… a fascinating and invaluable portrait.” J. Hoberman, THE VILLAGE…

Jesus of Guadalajara

26 Mar 2011 Jesus of Guadalajara During the ten years that I worked with Street Kids International, I met a lot of cool, big hearted people working in the field around the world. This is a portrait of one of the best: Rogelio Padilla.   Published in Toronto in Descant, Vol. 27, No’s. 1 and…

Rocky

25 Mar 2011 Rocky Saint James Infirmary (traditional) When I came across the lyrics to this song in a book, it conjured up a long-dormant memory. I must have heard Louis Armstrong’s recording of it when I was a kid, so this arrangement grew out of that fragment of melody. This song has the alchemical…

Folky

25 Mar 2011 Folky Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl) My inspiration was the Pogues. We played with the arrangement to make something new, and I think we did bring out some primal loneliness with Teilhard’s bodhran and the Ansgar’s harp solo. Millworker (James Taylor) Like John Prine’s ballad “Angels from Montgomery” this song is about…

A Conversation with Northrop Frye about William Morris

30 Mar 2011 A Conversation with Northrop Frye about William Morris Interested in Frye, author of The Great Code? Ever heard of Morris, the English arts and crafts radical of the late 19th century? William Morris was a multi-disciplinary designer, poet, social activist, translator of ancient Icelandic sagas, and a central member of the Pre-Raphaelites….

A Taste of History: Toronto’s Craft Breweries

28 Mar 2011 A Taste of History: Toronto’s Craft Breweries It may surprise you to know that in the mid-19th century, every town in Ontario had a brewery and a tavern or two. During the 18th century, British soldiers in Canada were entitled to six pints of beer a day, and it was often quite…

Event Production

25 Mar 2011 Event Production Ecotone produces events for advocacy, public education and fundraising. Recent events produced by Chris Lowry include the 4th annual Brewers Plate, the GET Smart Speaker Series with Green Enterprise Toronto, and several social networking events in a variety of Toronto venues. In 2010 Chris also consulted on successful events for…

The Brewers Plate

25 Mar 2011 The Brewers Plate The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later. The 4th annual Brewers Plate April 6 at the Wychwood Barns was a sold-out success. For Info and tickets for April 2012 click here. I started the event as a project of Green Enterprise Toronto, and now…

Andalusia without sky

31 Mar 2011 Andalusia without sky This is a series from Southern Spain —Granada, Seville, the Alpujarra range, the coast at Nerja, and Cordoba. I was traveling to meet a colleague at a film conference, and spent a week exploring this magical region, Andalusia, alone. I had a recently broken heart. I think that brought…

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